Dear Stores (and other public places),
I’m writing today to ask for a favor. I’m asking for you to consider implementing something that I find essential to a good experience.
As someone who struggles with anxiety and finds that I often need to sit when in stores and other public places, I’ve discovered a lack of seating options. There have been times when this has caused me to feel forced to sit on floors. I do not like having to do this. I feel embarrassed, sad, and honestly, it takes away the fun of getting out.
Now, I know what some of you reading this may be thinking. Not everyone has anxiety. To this I say, fair point. However, this isn’t just about those who struggle with anxiety. It’s about anyone and everyone who ever feels the need to sit and rest. The elderly, the sick, and the tired. Even just a long day of shopping can wear someone out. I see nothing wrong with offering seating as long as it is not somewhere where someone can be injured.
Here’s another thing. Not everyone likes to have to ask for somewhere to sit. It can be hard for us to request this and oftentimes, we’re worried that we’ll be a hinderance. Therefore, having seating already prepared for individuals who may want to sit is the best course of action.
Putting out chairs or other forms of comfortable seating is not just beneficial for the customer or guest. It’s also beneficial for the employees and companies offering this option as well. By doing this, employees and companies show they care about the consumer and they make their place of business comfortable. I know when I see stores and other public places doing this it makes me feel like I’m respected and valued. It makes me want to return to the place in question.
So this is what I’m asking. If you’re a store or public place that does not currently offer seating, please consider doing so. It may seem small, but it can go a long way to making those who visit your establishment feel comfortable, safe, and important.
If you’re a place of business that already offers this, THANK YOU! By providing a place to sit for your customers and guests, you are offering a huge service and showing your kindness as well as your generosity.